The Race For Speakership Replacement After Oulanyah’s Passing Heats Up In The NRM Camp

The Race For Speakership Replacement After Oulanyah’s Passing Heats Up In The NRM Camp

By Simon Abaho

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has set tomorrow, Tuesday as the date for expression of interest for the position of Speaker of Parliament following the demise of Jacob Oulanyah, according to highly-placed sources. 

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) will later convene on Wednesday and Caucus on Thursday.
Sources added that the election of Speaker will be conducted on Friday.

This was later confirmed by the minister of ICT and National Guidance, Dr Chris Baryomunsi while addressing journalists in Kampala.

“The sitting of cabinet today at State House, Entebbe which was chaired by President Museveni took a decision that Parliament of Uganda shall convene on Friday, March 25, 2022 to fill the vacancy of a Speaker,” he said.

In an earlier statement, Government Chief Whip and NRM Parliamentary Caucus chairperson, Thomas Tayebwa, said he had been instructed by President Museveni who is the NRM chairman to call for a special caucus meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 2pm at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds to discuss the issue of Speaker of Parliament.

“All members are required to undertake a Covid-19 test. This procedure will take place on Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 9:00am- 4:00pm and Wednesday 23rd March, 2022, 9:00am – 12:00 noon, at Parliamentary Conference Hall. Only members who will have taken this test with the prescribed service provider at the Parliamentary Conference Hall will attend the caucus,” Mr Tayebwa said in a Monday afternoon statement.

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo is said to have last evening left Seattle, United States of America where Oulanyah died from.
Dollo who is constitutionally mandated to conduct the election of Speaker reportedly left in Seattle Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao, who is expected to return with Oulanyah’s body.

The parliament election process is presided over by the Chief Justice or a Judge designated by the Chief Justice until the new Speaker takes an oath.

The process is to ensure that a new Speaker presides over a Special sitting to eulogize the fallen predecessor, Jacob Oulanyah who died on Sunday 20th March, in Seattle, United States of America.

Article 82 (4) of the Constitution requires that no business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election of Speaker at any time that office is vacant.

The same requirement is under Rule 5 (4) of the Parliament Rules of Procedure.

Before the announcement of these dates, a section of MPs called for a speedy process to have a new Speaker elected so that he or she presides over a sitting of parliament to eulogize the late Oulanyah.

Bugiri Municipality MP, Asuman Basalirwa noted that it is important to have a substantive Speaker of Parliament in place to receive the body of the fallen head of the institution.

However, Robert Kasolo, the Iki- Iki County MP suggested that the Constitution requires an amendment to allow the Deputy Speaker to carry on with parliament business when the Speaker position is vacant.

Kasolo, says that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker need to carry equal powers

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